Wednesday, July 28, 2010


A friend was given a pair of earrings by an aunt last Christmas. This lady usually gives lovely presents, often jewellery she has bought at craft fairs. Last year, the earrings had enormous dangles. My friend said they were like mini surfboards and they were much too big for her to wear. So she gave them to me to see if I could do anything with them.

No problem ! I used one of the dangles to make a nice pendant necklace, just adding some sparkly beads, and made a dainty pair of earrings to wear with it.

I could see what she meant. They would have been enormous as earrings but made a lovely necklace.

Detail of the surfboard pendant.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I recently bought these lovely big pink beads from Clare's Beautiful Beads in Belper, along with the disc beads. I was having a doodle and ended up with a design where all the beads happen to have come from the same shop, although I have had some of them for probably a year, just waiting for inspiration.

Just like any other hobby, designing is the fun part and finishing off is the fiddly part. I have quite a few part-made things to finish off. No doubt I will get round to it one day.

This is another doodle from a while ago.

I am waiting to be inspired as to how to complete the necklace.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I offered to make a necklace for a colleague to wear with her "mother of the groom" outfit next month. Her dress is a mixture of blues and greens, with an aqua colour predominating.

I partly made up a few designs so that she could decide what sort of thing she wanted. Mostly they were too strong in colour and drew too much attention away from the dress, I thought.

We decided on a minimalist design, including some of my favourite beads to use, crackle beads, shell and Swarovski crystals. Also some black beads to reflect the black bits in the pattern of the fabric and to blend with her black accessories.

She was very pleased with it. I have suggested that she wears it a few times before the big day so that I will have time to fix it if it falls apart - always a worry !!

Detail of the heart pendant. My colleague doesn't usually go in for too much glitter or soppy hearts but she felt it was ok to have one at her son's wedding !!